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Your Future Real Estate Transaction can Support Fathering Together

As a member of Investing In Communities®, Fathering Together can receive funding as a result of any brokered real estate transaction – home sales, home purchases, or commercial leases. As more supporters use this platform, before engaging a real estate agent, Fathering Together will have more resources to continue building a supportive community for fathers.

Mission, Vision, and Accomplishments

Fathering Together brings diverse experiences of fatherhood together into a virtual community where resources can be shared and powerful, joyful, and sorrowful stories can be shared. Through this engagement, men support one another on their journey and hold one another accountable as we work toward a more gender and equitable future. Some of the ways in which we do this are educating men, helping them to be strong, engaging fathers through webinars, courses and in-person opportunities and creating communities for fathers to connect with others, allowing them to learn and grow from each other.

Helping Men Reconnect with their Emotions

In the U.S. culture, men are raised to think they must know everything and show no weakness. This has led to high rates of depression and suicide. It also means men aren’t in touch with the emotions that make them human, yet how do men raise well-rounded kids if they don’t have the ability to be fully human? Fathering Together works to provide dads a space to reconnect with their emotions. Recently, a dad posted a series of photos and videos because his baby was going through chemotherapy. As you would expect, he was emotional, crying at times, and begging the community for guidance and support. Our community rallied around him by providing him support because they had been there and providing him financial aid because he left his job to be present to his daughter. This story runs counter to a narrative of a strong, “I’ve got it together” man, but it is illustrative of so many of our fathers.

Origins of Fathering Together

Fathering Together was born out of a Dads with Daughters Facebook community in 2018. This community grew organically and Facebook selected the group to be spotlighted in their More Together campaign with a commercial that ran from May-November 2019, During this time the group exponentially grew from 10,000-80,000. Currently the group has over 124,000 members. In August of 2019, Brian Anderson and Christopher Lewis formed Fathering Together, a 501c3 that supports individuals who identify as fathers to become better parents and people. We accomplish this through community, learning experiences, increased connection and communication with self and others, and access to guidance and resources.


Fathering Together has a number of communities that have been created to allow for fathers to connect and engage with one another. Many men have difficulty making in-person connections in adulthood for which they are willing to be vulnerable. The communities that have been created by Fathering Together allow men to do just that. Two specific groups (outside of our larger Dads with Daughters and Dads with Sons communities) that are working closely with members in specific ways are our Legal and Custody Issues and Dads in Recovery groups. Each of these groups have a specific population that have specific needs. We bring together fathers that are struggling with issues in both areas to engage and encourage them to share and learn from one another.

Your Purchase, Sale, or Lease Helps Support Fathering Together

At no cost to themselves, anyone who cares about being a better dad can turn virtually any brokered real estate transaction into funding for Fathering Together. For example, the purchase or sale of a $300,000 home can result in about $1,300 of free funding. Support Fathering Together’s mission by using IIC’s free platform to make arrangements with an agent you already have in mind. Or use IIC to find and choose among real estate agents that are appropriate for the specifics of your residential or commercial real estate needs.

Location: Evanston, IL

Focus Area: Community Development, Education, Social Justice

Budget: Less than $250k

Want to help this charity with your next real estate transaction?

We respect your privacy and want to make sure you are totally at ease. By submitting, you are sharing your information with us only and we will not share it with or sell it to anyone else. We will contact you by email to get more information about your real estate needs. Then we will provide you with several agents suited to your needs and you may contact them -or not- as you choose. There’s no sales pitch or pressure. It's entirely your choice.


As a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, Fathering Together is eligible to receive at least 70% of the referral fee when you use Investing In Communities (IIC) to sign up with ANY real estate broker to handle your residential or commercial property transaction. Referral fees are a common expense paid by brokers only to other brokers for much desired referrals. As a licensed broker with a charitable mission, IIC is able to accept referral fees and pass most of those funds to your charity of choice - at no cost to you.
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